Hendersonville is ideally located for exploring town and country with varied attractions, festivals, cultural and recreational activities, historical sites, golf courses, family activities, a historic downtown with unique shops, excellent restaurants and quality antique stores. The region offers many diverse attractions, all located within a few blocks, to a few miles of downtown. These include the Henderson County Farmers Curb Market, Jump Off Rock scenic overlook, Historic Johnson Farm, the labyrinth in Holmes Educational State Forest, the waterfalls in DuPont State Recreational Forest, the Western North Carolina Air Museum and the Historic Hendersonville Depot.
The quaint and quirky downtown features interesting architecture, delightful shops, museums, and locally owned restaurants. The serpentine street features planter boxes brimming with seasonal flowers and trees. Downtown hosts many activities, as well as art shows, an antique show, car shows,and parades throughout the year. After a day of adventures, wind down in one of the convenient hotels, cozy cabins, or beautifully restored bed and breakfasts that are waiting to welcome you for the night.
The nearby Historic Village of Flat Rock began when families from South Carolina’s Low Country came to Flat Rock to escape the sweltering heat and the epidemic of yellow fever and malaria. South Carolina’s Low Country gentry affectionately called Flat Rock the “Little Charleston of the Mountains.” The entire district of Flat Rock is included in the National Register of Historic Places. Historic Flat Rock is home to several attractions such as: The Flat Rock Playhouse, State Theatre of North Carolina; the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Saint; and St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church as well as many unique specialty shops.
Thanks to our warm days, cool nights, and light snowfall, Hendersonville is a destination for hiking and outdoor activities all year long. As the leaves fall from the trees, the character of the Blue Ridge Mountains changes dramatically. The air is clearer during the winter months, offering spectacular, long-range views from a number of vantage points across the county. Jump Off Rock is a scenic overlook offering stunning vistas from South Carolina to the Pisgah mountain range, just minutes from downtown Hendersonville. DuPont State Recreational Forest, between Hendersonville and Brevard, North Carolina, boasts five waterfalls and over 80 miles of trails for exploring your own winter wonderland.
Henderson County wineries and breweries provide tours and tasting rooms, to sample mountain grown selections. Henderson County is home to Burntshirt Vineyards, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyard, Sanctuary Brewing Company, and Southern Appalachian Brewery. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company has just opened a brand new, state-of-the-art brewing, bottling and distribution operation, in Northern Henderson County. Sierra Nevada offers tours of the state of the art brewery, a tasting room, and gift shop.
Hendersonville offers something for everyone in the playground of the Blue Ridge Mountains.